Beginners Bodybuilding Info!

Learn about body part training, sets, exercises, reps, proper form, speed of movement, rest between sets, range of motion, training frequency, duration and more!
Body Part Training

Bodybuilders group exercises by body part and train one muscle group at a time. Working one muscle with 1-3 exercises ensures that you train it thoroughly. Experience says that this type of training is the most efficient for bodybuilding.

Every major muscle group should be developed to prevent muscle imbalance and the risk of injury and so you don't look like a freak.

I see some of the guys at my school who have a huge chest, back, arms, traps, but have the smallest legs. They might be able to put up 375 lbs 5 times (not a joke), but when you look at his legs, you notice he have never, ever even trained them. His arms might 16", or whatever, but his claves are no bigger than 13".


There are many exercises for each muscle in your body. Now I am not going to bother listing each and every exercise for each and every muscle group.

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arrow Sets

Warming up is one of the most important things you should do before going into your sets (other than stretching). This will help prevent injury. Also it will help you lift more weights, so you can totally overload your muscles.

Do 1-3 sets of warm up before, with lightweights and build up. Say for example you can bench 200 lbs a certain amount of times. You would start by doing 100 lbs 10 times, then 150 about 8 times, and top it off with one rep of 195. This will get blood into your muscle preparing them for what is coming. Never go to failure on your warm up. This will hinder your chances of overloading your muscles.

You should have somewhere between 2-4 sets for each exercise of the muscle. And have 3-4 exercises for that muscle. Never going more than 10 sets for each muscle.

What might work for someone, might not work for you. Some guys on the site can do a $hit load of sets, and exercises and never overtrain. I personally can do the same, and see only great results.

arrow Reps

Reps should be kept below 10. For great intensity 4-6 reps would do. But the optimal reps per set is 6-8. These two types of reps should be done to increase strength and mass.

AST-SPORTS says the same for when you are cutting. Making the reps higher will not do jack shit if you are cutting. I suggest and so does AST-SPORTS that you keep the same reps and sets while you are cutting.

The whole higher rep thing 12-14 is worthless since you are not challenging your muscles.

arrow Proper Form

Now I think that a set done without form is like a set not done at all. It's best to have perfect form, than to go heavy and have no form at all.

Take for instance my friend; he has been training for over a month. He started with 25 lb dumbbells a month ago. Since he has no form at all, he is still at 25 lbs today. This is no joke, no it might not all be from improper form, but in my opinion the improper form really helped him get nowhere.

It's up to you on what you want to do.

arrow Speed Of Movement

Use a smooth, controlled motion during all phases of the lift. This deliberate rep speed produces the greatest results for bodybuilding purposes.

Super-fast reps with ballistic movements and jerking can be harmful to muscles and connective tissues, while slow training accomplishes very little.

In general, most bodybuilders use a formula that approximates a two-second positive contraction (raising the weight), a momentary squeeze of the muscle at the point of peak contraction, and a two-second negative contraction (lowering of the weight).

Slow movement in my eyes ups the intensity of your set. Fast movement is a load of shit.

arrow Breathing

Most people don't think much about breathing until they begin lifting weights, but it should still come naturally. Start each set with a deep inhalation and exhale as you push through the most difficult part of the lift. Inhale at the top (or the easiest portion of the lift) and exhale as you push.

arrow Rest Between Sets

Rests should be from 45 seconds to no more than 120 seconds. Experiment first with what works for you, each person is different.

arrow Use A Full Range Of Motion

Use a full range of motion in your exercise movements. You want to work each target muscle through its natural range of motion for complete development and to prevent injury. And it gives you a great stretch in that muscle.

arrow Training Frequency

Say you train your entire body on Monday. Should you do it again on Tuesday, or wait until Wednesday? The answer is that your body requires a minimum of 48 hours to fully recover after exercise, sometimes even longer.

Physiological processes at the cellular level require rest and nutrients before you can train that same muscle group again. A good rule of thumb: If you're even slightly sore, you're not ready to train that body part again.

The answer for the beginner, then, is to train every 2-3 days (or three times a week). A Monday - Wednesday - Friday (or similar) schedule is ideal.

If your like me though, I started with 4 days a week, and have kept it like that.

arrow Training Duration

If you follow the exercises, sets, reps and rest prescription, you should complete your resistance training in about an hour. Never go above one hour, unless you are more experienced.

That should help you get started. But do not stop reading here. Go to part of and read, read, read. The most important muscle when you start training is your brain (yeah, it's not a muscle, but hell, it makes a great slogan). Get information on training, then nutrition, and go on and read some information about supplements.

Good Luck